New England Patriots
Devin McCourty – CB – Rutgers
Rob Gronkowski – TE – Arizona
Jermaine Cunningham – OLB – Florida
Brandon Spikes – ILB – Florida
Taylor Price – WR – Ohio
Aaron Hernandez – TE – Florida
Zoltan Mesko – P – Michigan
Ted Larsen – C – North Carolina State
Thomas Welch – OT – Vanderbilt
Brandon Deaderick – DE – Alabama
Kade Weston – DT – Georgia
Zac Robinson – QB – Oklahoma State
It has become an every-draft-occurrence to see the Patriots broker their way in to a strong class full of players that fit their system. Bill Belichick was moving up and down throughout each day of the weekend, attacking the team’s weaknesses with players they had graded high on their draft board. The front seven of the New England defense has lacked the consistency it once had during their dynasty run, but Belichick did a nice job of adding quality depth and future starters across the board. And just when we thought the Patriots passing attack reached their peak, look out for the three toys they put at the feet of Tom Brady.
Best Pick: Jermaine Cunningham – OLB – Florida (Pick #53 overall)
Scout’s Take: I spent a lot of time scouting the other defensive end, Carlos Dunlap, and was left disappointed by his inconsistent play. However Cunningham was an edge rusher that stood out every week. Tremendous first step that showed enough versatility for the Gators to give confidence to the notion that he can play outside linebacker in a 3-4. He should compete for a starting job right away and at the very least, Cunningham will be a quality third down edge rusher.
Worst Pick: Devin McCourty – CB – Rutgers – (#27 overall)
Scout’s Take: The issue with this selection is simple. McCourty does not bring anything to the table that their current cornerbacks do not. Belichick had the opportunity to add OLB Sergio Kindle, OLB Jerry Hughes, and DE Jared Odrick but opted to go for a special teams ace and average cover corner. He fits the scheme well and is technically sound, but it looks like the Patriots missed on yet another first round selection.
Sleeper Watch: Brandon Deaderick – DE – Alabama (#247 overall)
New York Jets
Kyle Wilson – CB – Boise State
Vladimir Ducasse – G – UMASS
Joe McKnight – RB – USC
John Conner – FB – Kentucky
The Jets have showed the tendency that they look to get the most out of their draft picks. They don’t believe in stockpiling selections and hoping a few stick, instead they make aggressive moves for particular players they feel confident in. With just four picks, the Jets put together what will prove to be one of the more productive draft classes from 2010.
Best Pick: Vladimir Ducasse – G – UMASS (#61 overall)
Scout’s Take: The surprise roster cut of former all-pro guard Alan Faneca was a direct result of the Jets grabbing the offensive lineman with arguably the highest ceiling in the 2010 class. He looked uncomfortable in space at times in at the Senior Bowl, but that will not be an issue at left guard. He should step in right away and help keep that power running game at the top of the league. He also gives the Jets more options with his mobility as a lead blocker and consistent pass protector, two aspects of Faneca’s game that appear to be on the decline.
Worst Pick: Joe McKnight – RB – USC (#112 overall)
Scout’s Take: This has less to do with the selection, and more to do with the personnel movement that was a result of taking McKnight. The Jets sold low on Leon Washington, and they are expecting McKnight to come in and provide similar playmaking ability. He never reached his potential at USC and his ball security issues need to be addressed prior to him seeing the field on a consistent basis.
Sleeper Watch: Donovan Warren – CB – Michigan (Undrafted)
Jared Odrick – DE – Penn State
Koa Misi – OLB – Utah
John Jerry – G – Ole Miss
AJ Edds – LB – Iowa
Nolan Carroll – CB – Maryland
Reshad Jones – S – Georgia
Chris McCoy – DT – Middle Tennessee State
Austin Spitler – LB – Ohio State
For the second year in a row, the Miami Dolphins draft class had Bill Parcells written all over it. They continue to add size, strength, and power to their up and coming squad. Parcells makes sure his team makes up for what they lack in speed with size. They are going to be a strong team in the trenches on both sides of the ball that can control the point of attack.
Best Pick: John Jerry – G – Ole Miss (#73 overall)
Scout’s Take: Big, athletic body that plays with natural knee bend a strong pair of hands. Jerry also brings versatility to the table as a guy that has played on the outside as well in at guard. He is a power blocker that held up well against the likes of Dan Williams and Terrence Cody in the SEC, but also showed nimble feet against the speed rushers off the edge.
Worst Pick: Nolan Carroll – CB – Maryland (#145 overall)
Scout’s Take: Carroll could have been drafted at a later spot, possibly even obtained via undrafted free agency. He has limited playing experience and is relatively new to the position. His combination of size and speed is intriguing, but those kind of gambles can be had in the final round. There were several players available at positions of need for Miami.
Sleeper Watch: Reshad Jones – S – Georgia (#163 overall)
CJ Spiller – RB – Clemson
Torrell Troup – Central Florida
Alex Carrington – DE – Arkansas State
Marcus Easley – WR – Connecticut
Ed Wang – OT – Virginia Tech
Arthur Moats – OLB – James Madison
Danny Batten – DE – South Dakota State
Levi Brown – QB – Troy
Kyle Calloway – OT – Iowa
With the transition to the 3-4 defense, Buffalo looked to add components to the new scheme at the disposal of value. They have been dominated at the point of attack for years and they made a solid effort in adding young players to control the trenches. The issue, however, is they sacrificed value and the opportunity to add better players to a team that lacks depth across the board.
Best Pick: Alex Carrington – DE – Arkansas State (#72 overall)
Scout’s Take: Perfect body and skill set for a 3-4 defensive end. He plays with tremendous power and leg drive which will enable him to control blockers and gaps, giving the underrated linebacker core space to work with behind him. He will also surprise some with his athletic ability off the edge as a pass rusher.
Worst Pick: Torrell Troup – NT – Central Florida (#41 overall)
Scout’s Take: Passing on Jimmy Clausen this time around could prove to be a decision that keeps Buffalo at the bottom of the division for the next few years. On top of that, Troup was a reach at this point and even though there was a huge need at the position, Buffalo could have waited another round or two for a player of equal talent.
Sleeper Watch: Kyle Calloway – OT – Iowa